Up Helly Aa is a series of annual fire festivals held in the Shetland Isles since 1889 to celebrate the end of auld Yule. The later burning of a Galley Ship echoed the ceremony of a viking burial at sea....
Photos from the Shetland Museum Photo Archive.
Town Proclamation, Up Helly Aa, 1961
Lighting the torches, 1972
Lighting the torches, 1968
Burning the Galley, 1932